Shameful thieves target air ambulance charity shop over Christmas
Air ambulance staff are appealing for urgent support after one of their charity stores was hit by thieves over Christmas.
While Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance continued to work 24/7 for those in need over the festive season, criminals targeted the vital charity’s superstore in Somercotes, as well as a second shop in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.
The thieves left costly damage when they broke into the stores, smashing windows and a wooden door frame.
Items and cash, valued at more than £3,000, were taken, including games consoles from The Hanger store on Nottingham Road, Somercotes.
Now the charity is appealing for help in seeking support for the losses incurred through the break-ins.
A charity spokesman said: “Our hard-working staff and volunteers have been heartbroken by this attack.
“For thieves to target a charity that raises vital funds to help save lives is beyond belief.
“The Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance only exists to provide life-saving care to those in greatest need but, instead of money going towards the vital service, we now need to incur the cost of the damage made in gaining access to both superstores, as well as losing the income the stock would have generated.
“We really need support at this time and would greatly appreciate any donations from our local communities.”
Anyone wishing to support the life-saving charity can visit theairambulanceservice.org.uk or call 0300 3045 999.